World Cup races canceled in France; Aspen in running to host events
November 29, 2006
If the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association can come up with the sponsorship money by the end of business today, Aspen has a good chance of getting more World Cup races.
The men’s World Cup downhill and super combined races scheduled for Val d’Isere France on Dec. 9-10 were officially canceled this morning because of lack of snow, opening the door for Aspen or Beaver Creek to host makeup races.
Three women’s races were canceled in St. Moritz, Switzerland last week, which led to preliminary discussions between the USSA and the International Ski Federation. The USSA opted to wait for today’s decision from Val d’Isere, however, because it wants to host makeup men’s and women’s races together at the same venue.
Beaver Creek and Aspen are the only two sites in the running to host the events.
“They need to get the sponsorship, then they can do it,” Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said early this afternoon. “They don’t have it yet.”
Annette Royle, USSA’s vice president of events, said Sunday night that the organization was trying to tap a European sponsor to cover the costs of the proposed races because they would be broadcast live in Europe.
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